When one is without a job it’s easy to get out of a routine and start to get comfortable and procrastinate. The opportunity to sleep in and do whatever is there, but it can turn into us resisting to get back into the work force. We have to ask ourselves what do we want our lives to become?
After moving and getting somewhat settled I’ve fallen into the cycle of sleeping in, staying up late, and letting things that I should be doing slide. Deep down I know that I should be doing better, but I couldn’t find the energy to do it. Eventually I became bored and started to see that I need to develop a plan in order to find a job.
When there’s no obligations to attend to then it’s understandable to take some time to relax. However, we can’t accept our unemployment status and stop pressing forward. In my case, making a plan about what I want to accomplish and then scheduling how I want to execute it keeps me focused on that goal. Now I can manage my time, see what I get accomplished, and move towards getting a new job.
Being unemployed can either be a rut that someone gets stuck in or a change to get ourselves together and walk into a new phase in our lives. Even though relaxing can be nice it can take us away from what we really need to be devoting our time to. Then that rut we’re in can become all that we have.